Ranch work in AUSTRALIA
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 27, 2009 1:37 PM Last Post By: ianw6705
Aug 29, 2007 3:26 AM
Ranch work in AUSTRALIAHey I am coming from Canada to do ranch work in Australia this October and I was wondering if any of you have done ranch work there? How was the heat and how was your whole experience? Were the people nice and how did you cope with the heat?
Thanks hope to hear from someone soon!
Aug 29, 2007 3:43 AM
1In Australia, "station" = "ranch". Cattle station or sheep station. Food (non-fruit) and fibre grow on farms (wheat farm, cotton farm, sugar farm, etc). October is the start of summer conditions, through to March - the heat will depend where you are, in the same way Vancouver is different to Baffin Island in winter. But basically everywhere will be pretty hot December - February. If you're really worried about the heat, and you have some choice, then you can find milder places in the south, near to coasts, and in higher country, but sheep and cattle dominate all the hot bits.
May 26, 2009 9:09 AM
I'm a serving British soldier and I and several colleagues are interested in spending some time next year 'ranching'. I've looked online and only seem to be able to find holidays/vacations dressed up as ranching experiences for extremely large sums of money.
Can you give me any advice on where to look for a more realistic opportunity to work for a few weeks with horses and cattle to gain a new experience, learn some different outdoor skills and generally improve my riding.
Many thanks in advance,
May 26, 2009 4:06 PM
3Robbie, with respect, have a think about that. You're expecting a working station to take you on, train you, then after a few weeks just when you might actually be useful, you'll be moving on. If you're available for a few months then it might be worthwhile for the station manager, otherwise I doubt it.
May 27, 2009 1:18 PM
4Jehane, fair one. I guess it is quite an undertaking getting someone to the standard required before it's actually efficient having them there. Sadly theres no way of getting a few months away from the Army, the most would be about 3 weeks.
Do you (or anyone else reading this and thinking I'm being a touch niave) have any other suggestions of where something like this might be possible without forking out about £1500. Living in a hotel is just not what we're looking to do.
Thanks for your response.
May 27, 2009 1:37 PM
5Yes ... I don't think it's going to happen without family or friends, or some other form of personal contact.
However you could look at the widespread horse-riding scene (mostly in the arc between Newcastle and say Adelaide, but especially in the Southeast high country) - and through those you might make a contact where you could spend time on a rural property of some sort.
But I acknowledge that that is all hard to organise and complete in three weeks. There are treks, horseback safaris, and so on available too - not necessarily hugely expensive, but no-one will pay you to do it!
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